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Robert Cohen, M.D., Receives Endowed Chair in Memory Disorders

Robert M. Cohen, Ph.D., M.D., has been awarded the Steven C. Gordon Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Memory Disorders. Cohen is the director of research in the Department of Psychiatry and chief of research for Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center.

Cohen will use the inaugural endowment as a starting point for a five-year philanthropic campaign to develop one of the first fully integrated memory disorders programs in the nation. The program will involve the departments of psychiatry, imaging, neurosurgery, medicine, neurology and rehabilitation. The Gordon Family Foundation gift was initiated by Steven Gordon, a Southern California philanthropist with a substantial history of volunteer leadership and support for the medical center.

"Our goal is to be inclusive, not exclusive, so that patients with all different diagnoses can receive the help they need in one location," said Cohen. "The program will offer wrap-around services to enable patients and their families to navigate the system more easily and will be staffed by people who have the expertise in working with these types of disorders."

The memory disorders program will combine clinical care with research to identify the causes of dementia in Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, stroke and other disorders of the fronto-temporal lobes in the brain, and to develop treatment for dementia.

Before joining Cedars-Sinai in September 2005, Cohen served in a variety of positions in the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute of Mental Health in Baltimore, including Chief of the Unit on Clinical Psychopharmacology and Chief of the Clinical Brain Imaging Section. His clinical and research interests are in the treatment of mood disorders and Alzheimer's Disease.

Cohen is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He received his doctorate from the Program in Biochemical Sciences at Princeton University and his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

For more information, please contact Dr. Cohen at (310) 423-4070.